The Taj Mahal, located on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
This impressive ivory-white marble mausoleum has been designated in 1983 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. There are many legends and myths surrounding the story of the Taj Mahal: one tells that the emperor mutilated of their hands the craftsmen that had carved the tombs’ precious decoration, so that they could not anymore create anything as beautiful as Mumtaz Mahal’s place of eternal rest.
We planned our visit to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, because we have been told that this was the best moment to appreciate it in all its magnificence. I must say that the view of the Taj Mahal through the rose light of sunrise it’s literally breathtaking!